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  1. Easy Rhino

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    im upgrading my second rig which i use as a linux server but want to turn it into a decent second gamin rig. (i will virtualize linux once i install windows 7.) anyway, it has a 1.8ghz core2duo and an onboard 9300. i only want to spend $300 on the upgrade between the CPU and GPU. the cpu obviously must be socket 775 and the gpu has to be nvidia cause i want to run hybrid sli. it has 4 gigs of ram already and the gpu cant be too powerful as the psu has only 1 connector.
     
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    How far does teh cpu OC?
     
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    i havnt tried since i use it to run linux services.
     
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    I say pick up a 4830 for it. You could get one for about $75 after MIR. Pick up a decent 3rd party cooler for around $25 and then OC the thing like crazy. I got mine running at 700 core and 1000 mem. Its almost as good as my old 4870. I also recommend picking up an an e7500/e8400. You should have no trouble pushing either to 4.0+ ghz. All together that would only cost you about $250. If you are in need of a pick up a xigmatek s1283 or a true and that should put around $300.
     
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    can you recommend an nvidia card instead? i want to run it hybrid with the onboard chip.
     
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    Well considering that the gts 250 is really a rebadgedd 9800gtx+ I would assume it would work just fine.
     
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    i will have to do a little bit more research.
     
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    That kinda defeats the purpose of his thread. I think he is looking for a cheap way to upgrade his backup rig. Not build a super good main rig. He wants the best upgrades possible for $300.
     
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    ya never know :) I'm not good for low budget xD I'll try to modify... better now?
     

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